y The Lady of the Flowers single work   novel   historical fiction   romance   fantasy  
Is part of The Lay Lines Trilogy Sophie Masson 1998 series - author novel (number 2 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 1999 1999
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'Marie de France, poet and lover of the famed Richard the Lionheart, is determined to free her faithful knight Llew from the spell that has transformed him into a swan. But to do so she must travel from France to St Non's Well in the magical land of Wales.

'Frustration mounts as the very heavens themselves seem to conspire against Marie's departure from the court of Richard's father, Henry II, at Anjou. And when at last she embarks for Britain, Marie finds she must interrupt her journey again to pay homage to Richard's brilliant, exiled mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, at Salisbury.

'On reaching Eleanor's court, Marie's strange and vivid dreams of an ethereal lady of the flowers are the first hint of the machinations of the magical Otherworld in Llew's fate. And so begins an extraordinary adventure which will change Marie's life irrevocably'.

Source: bookseller's website.

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Notes

  • Dedication: For Bertrand, with love
  • Epigraph: Here now's another lay to tell,/ So listen, for I'll say it well -/ it was about a nobel knight,/ Lanval, of ancient British might. (Marie de France, The Lay of Sir Lanval)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Bantam Books , 1999 .
      Extent: xxiv, 327 p.p.
      Reprinted: 2000
      ISBN: 0733801781
  • Appears in:
    y Forest of Dreams : The Lay Lines Trilogy Sophie Masson , Milsons Point : Bantam Books , 2001 Z902840 2001 selected work novel fantasy

    'This is the omnibus version of the Lay Lines Trilogy - The Knight by the Pool, The Lady of the Flowers, The Stone of Oakenfast. It follows the story of poet, the Lady Marie de France, and her strange, marvellous and terrifying adventures both in the human world and the Otherworld of enchantment. Marie must cope with political plots, werewolves, shapeshifters of all kinds, Otherworldly rulers of extraordinary powers, and most painful and ambiguous of all, the road to knowledge of her own heart, and passionate love. There is a mixture of real historical figures and fictional characters, magic and realism in the book which makes it a potent spell. Steeped in the atmosphere of the Middle Ages, rich and exciting, erotic and elegant, funny and scary, this is a book that readers seem to love very much, taking you on a journey long ago and far away.'

    Source: Author's website users.nsw.chariot.net.au/~smasson/ (Sighted 21/4/10)

    Milsons Point : Bantam Books , 2001
Alternative title: Die Herrin der Blumen
Language: German
    • Munich,
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      Droemer Knaur , 2004 .
      Extent: 338p.
      Note/s:
      • Translated from the original published in Australia as The Lady of the Flowers.
      ISBN: 3426702975

Works about this Work

صوفي ماسون: جنية العقل التواصلي Sofy Mason: Jiniyyat al-'Akl al-Tawasoly Raghid Nahhas , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kalimat : An International Periodical of English and Arabic Creative Writing , December no. 16 (Arabic) 2003; (p. 19-31)
صوفي ماسون: جنية العقل التواصلي Sofy Mason: Jiniyyat al-'Akl al-Tawasoly Raghid Nahhas , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kalimat : An International Periodical of English and Arabic Creative Writing , December no. 16 (Arabic) 2003; (p. 19-31)
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